i am

Hi! I’m Scott B. Weingart (@scott_bot), a historian, data enthusiast, and occasional circus performer.

My day job as Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University keeps me pretty busy, which is why I’m still not done with my Ph.D. at Indiana University, where I study informatics and the history of science under the wise and patient Katy Börner. My dissertation, The Networked Structure of Early Modern Science (1500-1800), shows how correspondence networks and scholarly institutions co-evolved into an incredibly efficient machinery for scientific coordination and discovery. Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, and I recently published a book, Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope.

You can find me actively blogging, tweeting, traveling, reading books, reading articles, and publishing research. If you want to get in touch, email me, since I rarely check facebook, google+, or linkedin.

My scholarly interests include: history of science, digital humanities, 17th century astronomy, correspondence networks, feminist computing, media history, network science, scholarly communication, data visualization, epistemology of visual ontologies, folklore, data ethics, computer simulations, historiographic theory, early relativistic physics, statistical bias, scientometrics, open access, history of computing, methods in text analysis, and curriculum/pedagogy of computational methods for the humanities.

This is a word cloud from every scholarly article I've ever read. Yes, word clouds are evil, but you know more about me now, don't you?
This is a word cloud from every article I read from 2010-2012. Yes, word clouds are evil, but you know more about me now, don’t you?

At the moment, I’m privileged to be an executive council-member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, a coordinating member of DHRX, an ambassador for the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit, a circus instructor at the Pittsburgh Dance Center, and a Paul Fortier Prize Winner in Digital Humanities alongside Jeana Jorgensen.

Some previous life highlights include becoming Stanford’s first Digital Humanities Data Scientist, presenting keynote addresses at HASTAC 2015 and the 2014 Digital Humanities Forum, guest-editing a special issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities on Topic Modeling with Elijah Meeks, working as a scientometrician at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, teaching an open information visualization course to over 1,000 students around the globe, winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, teaching network analysis for a few years at UVic’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, working (briefly) at the Huygens Instituut and Oxford University, and learning history of science from my undergraduate mentor, the inimitable Robert A. Hatch.

I’ve also enjoyed teaching and performing juggling and acrobatics with CMU’s Masters of Flying Objects, UF’s Objects in Motion, the IU Juggling Club, Stanford’s Down With Gravity, the Groovolution Dance Studio, the Hudsucker Posse, Circle & Spice, Spherocity, and several circuses and festivals all the way from Australia to Israel.

Busking in Calgary.

Two now-defunct but entirely formative pseudo-academic organizations I’ve been involved with are also worth noting. I co-founded Sophosessions with Warren C. Moore, the coolest cat around, in my junior year at UF.  The group allowed its two-dozen members to present talks on whatever they felt like, from Chinese calligraphy to Zen Buddhism to advanced fractal mathematics to building robots. Then everyone went to Ben & Jerry’s. The Venerable IU Beer & Algorithms Club filled two Monday nights a month when I first moved to Bloomington, and I got to listen to a bunch of Computer Science and Math graduates present their favorite algorithms in gory detail, all while eating a tasty meal and enjoying an equally tasty beverage. What could be better?

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  2. How did you get a word cloud of EVERY scholarly article you’ve ever read? I mean, I know how to make word clouds, but I’m curious about how you are storing the text of all those articles!

    1. Wow, this word cloud is very out of date. At any rate, it’s not the full text of all the articles, it’s only title and abstract text. I use Zotero to keep track of what I read, and then I exported all the bibliographic records to *.bibtex, loaded the file in the sci2 tool to separate out the fields I wanted, did some word counting and cleaning in excel, and then fed the resulting word list to wordle. Not super simple, but not outrageously difficult, either.

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